In selecting ENR Texas & Louisiana's Best Projects of 2011, our independent jury found achievement in the face of adversity. Despite a difficult economy, the 27 projects featured here—completed over the past year in Texas and Louisiana—demonstrated innovation, exceptional quality and an ability to find creative solutions to daunting challenges.
From the reconstruction of critical infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina to cutting edge health and research facilities in Houston, this year's winning projects represent a broad selection of development in the region.
To select the region's best, ENR Texas & Louisiana recruited an independent jury of industry professionals, representing diverse fields of expertise. The jury pored over more than 100 entries for this year's awards program. They judged entries based on: overcoming challenges/teamwork; safety record; innovation and contribution to the industry/community; construction quality and craftsmanship; and design function and aesthetic quality. Jurors recused themselves from any project with which they were affiliated or ones that otherwise represented a conflict of interest.
This year's judges included:
Wayne Crew, director, Construction Industry Institute, Austin, Texas; Dr. Charles W. Graham, Dean, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; John J. McCutchen II, vice president of business development, Hunt Construction Group, Dallas; Raleigh Roussell, president and CEO, TEXO, Dallas; Dr. James C. Smith, Professor, Dept. of Construction Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; and Wendell Welch, director of marketing, James Construction, Baton Rouge, La.
Read on to find out more about the projects that are setting the bar high in Texas and Louisiana.
Best Project: Cathedral of Hope Interfaith Peace Chapel, Dallas, Texas
Best Project: Irving Convention Center, Irving, Texas
Award of Merit: Methodist West Houston Hospital, Houston, Texas
Award of Merit: Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, Dallas, Texas
Best Project: ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston Delhi Processing, Delhi, La.
Interior Design/Tenant Improvement
Award of Merit: Ultra Electronics, Austin, Texas
Best Project: Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy, Dallas, Texas
Award of Merit: Chalmette Cultural Arts Center, Chalmette, La.
Best Project: Houston Zoo African Forest Exhibit, Houston, Texas
Best Project: Deloitte University and Social Venue, Westlake, Texas
Best Project: Denbury Resources, Dallas, Texas
Best Project: Jackson Barracks Historical Renovation, New Orleans, La.
Award of Merit: US Custom House - Tenant Improvements, New Orleans, La.
Small Project (Under $10 Million)